2011 BAFTA Awards
2011 BAFTA Awards

BAFTA round-up: J.K. Rowling talks writing projects, 'Potter' films honored

  February 13, 2011 at 7:54 PM ET
  Jeremy     HPANA (via Various)
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The British Academy of Film & Television Arts held their annualopens in new window BAFTA ceremony this evening, honoring the best in British film and television of the year.

The Harry Potter films receivedopens in new window an honorary award for contribution to British cinema.

Said Producer David Heyman of the honor:

On behalf of the over 2000 people who worked in front of and behind the camera on each of the Harry Potter films I would like to say how honoured we all are to receive this Award. And thank you to Jo Rowling for entrusting us to bring her magnificent books to the screen.

To read the full press release on the BAFTA website, click hereopens in new window.

In a red carpet interview, J.K. Rowling commented on her much anticipated writing projects:

I don't know when you'll be able to read it, I've got several things on the go at once. It's hard to know which will be the first that actually appears in print, but I'm writing hard.

When questioned about the astounding success of the Potter films, Rowling added:

[It] is extraordinary. I never got over the thrill of going down to Leavesden Studios and walking onto a set, physically walking into a space I'd imagined in my head.

Stephen Fry, the narrator of the British audiobook versions of the Harry Potter series, was on hand to present the series with the honorary award for Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema.

Watch a video of the presentation right hereopens in new window courtesy of MuggleNetopens in new window.

Those present for the presentation include: J.K. Rowling, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, David Heyman, David Barron, Alfonzo Cuaron, Helena Bonham Carter, David Yates, Mike Newell, and Alan Horn. In addition to this group is a video featuring interviews with Daniel Radcliffe, Robbie Coltrane, Imelda Staunton, Julie Walters and more.

For highlights from the red carpet via the BBC, click hereopens in new window.


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